Slimmers go on the run for good cause

THEY'RE OFF ... South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck getting the race under way.
THEY'RE OFF ... South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck getting the race under way.

A GROUP of slimmers went that extra mile – or three – to raise money for a cancer charity.

Members of South Tyneside branches of Slimming World got together to hold their own Race For Life event.

The three-mile run, from Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn to Gypsies Green on South Shields seafront, took place on Saturday.

It raised more than £500 for Cancer Research UK, Slimming World’s charity partner for 2014.

Group members invited friends and family members to join them, and the event saw more than 75 people take part in the run as spectators cheered them on from the sidelines.

The race, one of a series held nationwide by Slimming World, was started by South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck.

Claire Ball, who runs weight-loss groups at Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Club and the New Crown, said: “It was a fantastic event, with a real feelgood atmosphere.

“We saw young, old, male and female participants enter the event, with a range of different abilities and fitness levels.

“Entrants could run, walk, cycle or skate across the finish line – whatever they wanted. As long as they crossed the finish line, we didn’t mind at all.

“I’m so pleased with how much we raised for Cancer Research UK, and I think the event showed people just how motivating being part of a group like ours can be.

“Every penny raised will go towards an amazing cause – helping Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering, life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancers.

“One in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and research has shown that many types of cancer are more common in people who are overweight.

“Cancer touches so many people’s lives, and at Slimming World, we’re determined to do anything we can to help people lead healthier lives in whatever way possible.

“That’s why I’m so pleased that my Slimming World group got right behind this event and encouraged others to do the same.”

For more information about Slimming World groups, call Claire on 07903 612121.

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